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Ayla Reynolds Update: Father And Police Dispute Polygraph Test

01/16/2012 11:58 am ET | Updated Jan 16, 2012

The father of a missing Maine toddler and state police disagree over what allegedly happened after the dad submitted to a lie-detector test.

Justin DiPietro, the father of Ayla Reynolds, told The Morning Sentinel that he asked police to administer a polygraph early in their investigation, but he claims cops didn't share the results with him.

A state Department of Public Safety spokesman denied DiPietro's claim, saying in The Morning Sentinel that they told the one-year-old's dad about his performance.

However, spokesman Steve McCausland wouldn't reveal the test results, saying that they are a tool for police investigations, but cannot be used as evidence in court.

Before the back-and-forth between state officials and DiPietro played out at the end of last week, dive teams plunged into the frigid Kennebec River to search a half-mile stretch for the girl, according to The Associated Press.

Reynolds was last seen on Dec. 16 in her father's Waterville home, wearing pajamas that said "Daddy's Princess," according to a timeline created by The Portland Press Herald. In addition to DiPietro and his daughter, there were two other adults and two children in the house.

The next morning, DiPietro, 24, called 911 saying that he found her bed empty. Her disappearance sparked a search that included FBI agents and nationwide interest yielding hundreds of tips.

Police initially said that Reynolds, now 21 months old, could have wandered away from the house, but on Dec. 26, officials declared that a kidnapping took place.

DiPietro and Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds have publicly sparred over their daughter's disappearance. Trista Reynolds, appearing on the "Today" show, accused DiPietro of refusing to talk to her after Ayla vanished.

DiPietro got custody of the girl when Trista entered rehab for substance abuse, according to The AP. Ayla disappeared the day after her mother appeared in court, attempting to regain custody of her.

CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story, Trista Reynolds' name was incorrectly listed as Tricia. We regret the error.

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